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The Ordination of Women to the Diaconate in the Eastern Churches: Essays by Cipriano VagagginiPhyllis Zagano edLiturgical Press / 2014 / Trade Paperback$8.19 Retail:
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The question of restoring women to the ordained diaconate surfaced during the Second Vatican Council and continued to resound in academic and pastoral circles well after Pope Paul VI restored the diaconate as a permanent state for the church in the West in 1967. Available for the first time in English, these two documents by Cipriano Vagaggini, OSB. Cam., on the historical details of women ordained as deacons in the Greek and Byzantine traditions demonstrate that women were sacramentally ordained to the major order of deacon over the course of many centuries in many parts of the Greek and Byzantine East.
Scholarship has painted many pictures of Augustine - the philosophical theologian, the refuter of heresy, or contributor to doctrines like Original Sin - but the picture of Augustine as preacher, says Sanlon, has been seriously neglected. When academics marginalize the Sermones ad Populum, the real Augustine is not presented accurately. In this study, Sanlon does more than rehabilitate a neglected view of Augustine.
The Holy Longing: The Search for a Christian SpiritualityRonald RolheiserImage Entertainment / 2014 / Trade Paperback$11.49 Retail:
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Ronald Rolheiser makes sense of what is frequently a misunderstood word: spirituality. On posing the question, "What is spirituality?" Father Rolheiser gets quickly to the heart of common difficulties with the subject. He shows, through compelling anecdotes and personal examples, how to channel that restlessness, that deep desire, into a healthy spirituality.
Liturgy and the New Evangelization: Practicing the Art of Self-Giving LoveTimothy P. O'MalleyLiturgical Press / 2014 / Trade Paperback$13.49 Retail:
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In Liturgy and the New Evangelization, Timothy O’Malley provides a liturgical foundation to the church’s New Evangelization. He examines questions pastoral ministers must treat in order to foster the renewal of humanity that the New Evangelization seeks to promote. Drawing on narrative, as well as theological concepts in biblical, patristic, and systematic theology, O’Malley invites readers into a renewed experience of the liturgical life of the church, learning to practice the art of self-giving love for the renewal of the world.
In this thought-provoking address given to the College of Cardinals, Cardinal Walter Kasper, whom Pope Francis has called "a superb theologian," discusses everything that is beautiful about the family without avoiding its problems.
If you long to feel closer to God, Fr. Peter Cameron will show you the way. We've all been taught that God loves us, but many of us encounter misconceptions and obstacles that keep us from experiencing God's love. As Fr. Cameron says in the introduction, "Despite our loneliness, our powerlessness, our brokenness, something drives us and refuses to die. We hunger for love. And when at last that love comes and finds us, picks us up and holds us close, it transforms us. We become love for others."
The new pope chose St. Francis as his namesake. By doing so, according to Loehr, he identifies himself with love for the church, love of the cross, love of peace, love of the poor, and love for humility. She points out how vital each topic was in the life of Jesus and St. Francis, and in current initiatives under this pontiff. Paperback.
Epic Food Fight: A Bite-Sized History of SalvationFather Leo PatalinghugServant Books / 2014 / Trade Paperback$13.99 Retail:
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Father Leo knows how to make even complicated things easy and appetizing. Epic Food Fight uses a "theology of food" to explain the history of salvation, and the struggle between good and evil. Blending profound truths with humor and practical wit, he invites you to read, savor, and digest the truth of our faith in new and appetizing ways.
The Word of God at Vatican II: Exploring Dei VerbumRonald D. WitherupLiturgical Press / 2014 / Trade Paperback$8.99 Retail:
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Published in 1965 after a long and circuitous route throughout all four years of the council, Dei Verbum sets forth the Catholic Church’s official teaching about divine revelation and the complex interrelationship between Scripture and Tradition. Intended for general audiences, this book summarizes the history and principal teaching of this groundbreaking document. Accompanying the text of The Word of God at Vatican II is a paragraph-by-paragraph commentary and an exploration of the impact the constitution has had in the church’s life.
Let's Not Forget God: Freedom of Faith, Culture, and PoliticsCardinal Angelo ScolaImage / 2014 / Hardcover$14.99 Retail:
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Born out of a speech celebrating the 1,700th anniversary of the Edict of Milan, in which emperors Constantine I and Licinius granted Christians legal rights, this book by Cardinal Angelo Scola gives attention to the crisis of religious freedom in the twenty-first century. Let’s Not Forget God outlines how Christianity has been at the center of creating a pluralistic society, from the Roman Empire in 313 to the American Revolution in 1776. This bold vision of freedom brings religion into the realm of public debate without allowing the state to banish or control it.
Abridged and updated for today’s reader and presented in a deluxe, leather-like binding, Saint Augustine’s Confessions still speaks to today's readers, addressing concerns that trouble the human heart today, just as they did in the fourth and fifth centuries. Confessions gives an account of God’s grace in Augustine’s life - as well as his personal regret over the wickedness of his pre-Christian days. It’s a powerful introduction to a giant of the faith, and an encouraging story of God’s power to change people.
For readers new to Panikkar's work, this anthology will provide an essential introduction, while for previous readers it will provide a unified overview of his diverse body of work.
Seventy-four Tools for Good Living: Reflections on Chapter 4 of Benedict's RuleMichael CaseyLiturgical Press / 2014 / Trade Paperback$13.49 Retail:
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A Cistercian monk at Tarrawarra Abbey in Australia since 1960, Casey has been called "one of the most significant voices in Christian spirituality today" by America magazine. Here he dives into the biblical basis of Benedictine's thinking, coming up with 74 practical injunctions that encourage Christian maturity. Reflections to be savored. 240 pages, softcover.
Looking to St. Francis: The Man from Assisi and His Message of Hope for TodayJohn Bohrer, Joseph StoutzenbergerWord Among Us Press / 2014 / Trade Paperback$9.99 Retail:
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The message of St. Francis is the message of Jesus. This book looks not only at Francis' life and times but also helps us see how we can take on his spirituality in dealing with the challenges in our lives and in the world today. The authors spread light on Francis' love of poverty, his rejection of violence, his call to reform the Church, his reaction to suffering, and his sacramental vision of life - all the while challenging us to see how fully living out the radical call of the gospel gives us joy and answers the problems besetting our world today.
- Includes fascinating details about the life and times of St. Francis
- Questions at the end of each chapter help us to reflect about our own lives in light of St. Francis' example
In his search for God, Thomas Merton wrote on timeless themes and questions we still wrestle with today. Simplicity, nonviolence, honesty, mystery, and even death and eternity - these topics and more permeated Merton's writings. This book distills the wisdom of Merton's dozens of books and voluminous journals into the endearing themes most relevant to readers today.
Embracing Edith Stein: Wisdom for Women from St. Teresa Benedicta of the CrossAnne CostaServant Books / 2014 / Trade Paperback$10.99 Retail:
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Anne Costa never knew Edith Stein personally, but her writings had a profound effect on her. She came to view her as a friend who serves as a wise guide for a woman's unique role in the world today. St. Edith Stein can help us learn how to know ourselves, be more openhearted, experience freedom through surrender, and embrace the vocation of love common to all women.